On Monday, we posted about the Historic Jackson Heights Weekend, which features two days of walking tours around the neighborhood. This was accurate as far as it goes, but it deserves an amplification, as there are guided treks all around the borough this weekend.

On Saturday, official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum gives his signature expedition, The World of the 7 Train. It’s actually a series of six walks along with subway rides. He discusses the history and impact of the 7 line, while stopping in Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, and Flushing, where the event ends with lunch, probably at a Chinese restaurant.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Queens — where else? — this week. Other fun activities include a strawberry festival, a hot dog-eating contest, a theater festival, a mama’s expo, and plenty of live outdoor music. Here’s the rundown.

June 12, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience, 7:30 pm. This is a screening and live reenactment by the New York City Shadow Cast of the 1970s cult movie, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.

June 12, Unchained Theatre Festival, until June 28. This third annual extravaganza features 16 pieces, ranging from 10-minute shorts to full-length plays, performed three times in the course of three weeks. Voting by audiences and judges determines the top pieces, which receive an additional performance during the finale on June 28. $15/$18 for final round/closing ceremony. The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd., LIC.


It’s the most diverse county in the world and the best tourism destination in the United States, so it’s no surprise that Queens is overflowing with wonderful Valentine’s Day activities and bargains. In fact, local chances for romance and fun related to this international holiday are so numerous that they run for more than two weeks and include everything from live music to a “love run,” hotel getaways, and even a blood drive for the do-gooders. Another photo and many more details are on the jump page.


Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with safety, enrichment, and even some sweet treats. They appear on the jump page.


Recently, I received an invite to attend a Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) mixer and cocktail event at the Z Hotel in Long Island City. Normally, this sort of business card exchange leaves me flat, but I’ve been eager to check out the view from the Z Hotel’s roof top lounge since it opened, so I gathered up my camera and convinced my wife to meet me in Queens Plaza after she got out of work in the city.

The views certainly did not disappoint either of us, and since my ulterior motive in attending the thing was to gather some shots, I left her chatting with a few other attendees and got down to business. Pictured above is mighty Queensboro on the right with a still quite industrial LIC acting as a frame for the East River, Roosevelt Island and Midtown Manhattan.

It’s hard not to take notice of the 1,396 foot 432 Park Avenue rising between 56th and 57th Streets over in the Shining City of Manhattan, by the way.

LOTS more after the jump, including special guest stars…


As it has for the past five years, Queens will be left in the dark during NYC’s 2013 Fourth of July celebration. The Macy’s fireworks will again shoot over the Hudson River, making the best viewing spots in Manhattan and even New Jersey. So the best chance to see an illuminated Queens sky is at Citi Field tonight (July 3rd) after the Mets game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which starts at 7:10 pm. However, the borough offers so many other fun activities over Independence Weekend that nobody will miss the pyrotechnics. On July 4th, the Louis Armstrong House Museum launches its summer concert series with Bria Skonberg, a fast-rising trumpet star, and her jazz band at 2 pm. An hour later, the Z Hotel’s rooftop party gets started with a live deejay on this 300-capacity roof, which offers breath-taking views of Midtown Manhattan, the East River, the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and Queens. On July 6th, Ridgewood Social will organize a huge, family-friendly potluck picnic at Grover Cleveland Park from noon to 3:30 pm. Participants bring food, drinks, creative supplies and silverware, and they enjoy painting, drawing, knitting, crochet and the opportunity for youngsters to slay a dragon. Also on July 6th, MoMA PS1 will hold its second nine-hour Warm Up Series jam with the doors opening at noon. On July 7th, The Inner Roots Band will bring its unique style of reggae to the Queens Central Library at 3 pm. Formerly known as “Ryddim Kings,” this group takes audiences on a journey through Jamaican music with ska, dance hall and vintage classics by Bob Marley.


It’s networking on performance-enhancing drugs. Actually, a performance-enhancing app. On June 4, Long Island City-based tech startup herematch will use its namesake app to host a Matchup on the Z Hotel’s rooftop in LIC (above photo depicts herematch owners at similar event). Roughly 200 attendees are expected, and they will use the free herematch app on smartphones to learn about other attendees with complementing talents, similar professional or personal interests and the same memberships, alma maters or even hometowns. Details: Matchup, June 4, Z Rooftop, 11-01 43rd Avenue, LIC, Free with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar featuring Z’s signature Bridgeview cocktail (below), register here.


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From now on, it’s all fun and games at Z Hotel on Tuesday nights. On March 12, the LIC botique hotel will launch a weekly promotion that mixes board games, specialty drinks, karaoke, Spanish food, socializing and special room rates. The Z’s new $7 Tuesday night cocktails have such names as Game Changer, Get on Board, Monopoly Melon Mojito, Karaoke Coconut Cosmo and White Chocolate Check Mate Martini. The hotel’s Tuesday tapas menu will feature a buy-one-get-one-half-off deal. Chess, backgammon and Monopoly will take place along with a competitive game of Karaoke with prizes for the best singer of the night. And if that’s not enough, Z will offer a special rate of $175 for a hotel room and, from 6:45-11:45pm, will provide free transportation to the hotel from the following locations: 47-20 Center Blvd.; Vernon Blvd. and 50th St.; 47th Rd. and Vernon Blvd.; and 46th Rd. and Vernon Blvd.

Game Night at Z Hotel NYC
Z Hotel NYC
11-01 43rd Avenue, Long Island City
Tuesday, March 12
7pm – 11:45pm | $7 for signature drinks


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Tony Bennett might have left his heart in San Francisco and Virginia might be for lovers, but Queens is romantic royalty. On Valentine’s Day, the borough will overflow with enchanting places to stay, eat, giggle, listen or dance the night away. In fact, there are so many options that QNYC can only report a few of them and parts of their offers.


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Sometimes good things happen to good — and bad — people. For the entire month of February, the Z Hotel is offering a Valentine’s Day-inspired Naughty or Nice package. (The Long Island City boutique property is not going to pass judgment, so it’s up to the consumers to judge themselves.) The Naughty deal includes accommodations in a Queen Room (like the one above); a box of trinkets upon check-in, including edible underwear, handcuffs, a tickle feather and blindfolds; a book of erotic games; chocolate strawberries; champagne; and breakfast in bed. Rates start at $245. Meanwhile, the Nice components include accommodations in a Queen Room; champagne and a dozen roses upon check-in; an in-room massage for two; and breakfast in bed. Rates start at $395. Plus, both packages can be upgraded to include a King room (like the one below) for an extra $30. Plus, on February 14, the Z Restaurant will offer a Valentine’s Day dinner special.

Z Hotel New York
11-01 43rd Avenue, Long Island City
Entire Month of February
12pm – 12pm | $245 +